A properly installed Window Well Drain can save your basement from a major flood. Other than Sump Pump failure, the most amount of water than can enter your basement is through the window well. Especially when gutter downspouts are close, we have seen windows wells fill up and their windows break, flooding the basement. It is imperative to have a proper Window Well Drain installed to prevent this. Traditionally, there are two ways to do a window well drain:
From the Outside
From the Inside
Most of our Drains are installed from the inside. We accomplish this by coring a hole through the wall and then running a pvc pipe down into an Interior Drain Tile or straight to the Sump Pit. The 1.5” pvc can many times be hidden behind the studs in the wall, allowing for the basement to be refinished without anybody being the wiser.
Window wells come in many shapes and sizes, and are even made up of different materials. Almost every house has them, and if you are finishing your basement, an escape window well is necessary to meet code. It’s also necessary if you value your family’s life, but more on that later.
As stated above, window wells vary, but the two most common types of wells are:
Half-Moon Window Well Installation
The Half-Moon wells are most commonly found on the smaller windows in the basement. Many times, these windows don’t even open and are made of glass block. The cost varies on the size and depth of the well.
Rectangular Window Well Installation Cost
More-commonly used for Egress Escape Windows in the basement, these are rectangular in shape and tend to be larger and deeper. You will find these on non-escape windows as well, but not as common. For code, if it is used in an Egress Escape Window, the well must be large enough for a firefighter to fit in with all their gear. This is measured at 3 feet from the home. That’s a big well!
All window wells are installed with new gravel, sealed sides, and removal/regrading of the dirt outside. We will even do our best to re-plant flowers and bushes, in our capacity. A proper Window Well Cover and Window Well Drain are also needed in order to have a fully functioning, dry window well.
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Window Well Covers are an integral part of a functioning Window Well System. And we are not talking about the ones you get at big box stores that blow away and crack at the slightest wind. We are talking Window Well Covers that hold a Lifetime Guarantee and can support over 800 pounds! They come in both translucent and transparent plastic, allowing some or more light into your basement. Our system also allows for two types of connections:
Covers come in many different shapes and sizes. Listed below are the most common-found covers out there:
Each project is done on a specific-measurement basis, but for the price range, check below to view our pricing sheet:
If you feel you need, or want, new window well covers, give us a call! All covers are custom cut on-site and have a beautiful finish.
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